Dr Sam Sukkar - October/November 2019

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Let me start by saying I hope y’all enjoyed Ashley’s takeover last time. It certainly caught me by surprise — I guess she must’ve done it while I was in surgery — but in the best way possible. I’m so grateful to have team members like Ashley, who have a passion for what they do, figure out ways to improve us as a clinic, and always find a way to keep me on my toes. Obviously, some of them also have no problem having a little fun at my expense (hint hint). I know it’s a cliche, but we really are like a family. Just recently, we took a family vacation in the form of a cruise to Cozumel to celebrate hitting our half-year goal for patients treated. I believe it’s important to celebrate these milestones and remember that we all work better together when we enjoy each other’s company. We spend so much time together, but it’s usually in the context of work, so it’s really nice to have the chance to get away and bond in an entirely different environment. We had so much fun on this cruise. Karaoke was a particular hit, and it’s become something of a team tradition over the years. Not to brag, but we really have some talented singers at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery.

The most exciting news back at the clinic has to do with our family expanding. We recently welcomed a new surgeon, Dr. Ashley Steinberg. We had an exhaustive search to find the perfect candidate, and I feel truly fortunate that Dr. Steinberg has joined us. She hails from Brooklyn but has been working at Houston Methodist for a number of years. She’s board-certified in general surgery, board-eligible in plastic surgery, and an incredibly skilled doctor. Perhaps even more impressive than her qualifications, though, are the values she holds as a surgeon. Dr. Steinberg strives to make people feel confident about their bodies and to allow their appearance to reflect the person they are on the inside. She believes in a caring, patient-first approach, which is exactly what we’re all about here. I have to be brutally honest here and tell you that we have needed another surgeon for a long time now. Some of the team — thank goodness this isn’t another takeover issue — would probably tell you I’ve dragged my feet on the issue. We have a packed calendar, and surgery’s not exactly the type of thing you want to do at a breakneck pace. As a result, we’ve been at or near maximum capacity every day for as far back as anyone can remember. The obvious solution? Hire another surgeon. But here’s the rub, I’ve been the only surgeon here forever. It was beyond critical for me to find a candidate I can put my absolute faith and confidence in. It’s no small matter. The second you don our scrubs, you are a representative of our clinic. That role comes with a reputation for safe, high-quality care and a responsibility to live up to the high standards we set for ourselves here. In the course of getting to know Dr. Steinberg, it became clear she was the person I had been looking for. However long we waited to make an offer to somebody, it was worth it. Welcome to our weird, wonderful family, Dr. Steinberg. I hope you have a song ready for our next karaoke outing. – Dr. Sam Sukkar

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